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4 South: half a century of scientific innovation

Central to our campus, and stretching back to the very start of it all 50 years ago, is our 4 South building.

People are going quackers for our 50th arrivals

Our special anniversary ducks can be found on campus in the Students’ Union shop, along with 50th clothing – we have hoodies, t-shirts and jumpers!

Together, we can look further

Here at Bath we see beyond the ordinary, discover the remarkable and put our findings into practice; we're asking people to support our fundraising campaign.

50 Peppercorns: our relationship with the City of Bath

Every year since 1966, we’ve paid a 'peppercorn rent' to Bath & North East Somerset Council for our land up here on the hill.

50th anniversary honorary graduates

Over our anniversary year, we’ll be awarding around 50 honorary degrees at a range of events and ceremonies

Fire! Fire! How we got our lake

The initial proposal for a lake on campus was rejected on the grounds that no money was available for the provision of such a ‘decorative’ feature.

SU Presidents compare jobs: 2014/16 and 1974/75

SU president Jordan Kenny meets Richard Hall, his predecessor from the ’70s, to reflect on a role not much changed.

RAG stunts through the years

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a UFO? No, it’s a classic RAG stunt.

Splish, splash, splosh! Swimming at Bath

Community spirit is at the heart of our London 2012 Legacy pool being used by everyone – staff, students, Olympians, Pentathlon GB and even babies getting their first water wings.

Trumpet fanfare! The history of our ceremonial mace

Our graduations may have evolved – the venue, the subjects studied and even the University’s name have all changed – but the Mace has always remained the same since 1966.

Fifty years & counting: University of Bath past, present & future

Campus TV archive footage: RAG Special

A report from Victoria Park

Lots more events still to come

Attend a lecture, run the Bath Half, view an exhibition, plus a special festival to look forward to.

University of Bath celebrates its 50th anniversary

The University of Bath today (Tuesday 25 October 2016) celebrates its 50th anniversary since receiving its Royal Charter in 1966.

Trump’s chauvinism appeals to some voters more than others

Lynn Prince Cooke, Professor of Social Policy, writes for The Conversation.

Podcast: A subjective history of subjective probability

Listen to a lecture where Professor Colin Fox presents a history of the Bayesian inference and subjective probability, as viewed by a Bayesian Physicist.

Megapixel! Help us a create a huge pixel image: Mon-Wed

Next week our Maths Department, in collaboration with the Further Maths Support Programme, will be trying to create a huge pixel image - made from individual pixels coloured by the general public using only red, green and blue, to illustrate the way most digital screens use only red, green and blue light to create full colour displays.

New research project: A museum open to all

Dr Simon Hayhoe (Education) is representing the University in a new €3.8 million project which will develop new strategies and tools to facilitate access to cultural resources by people with difficulties associated with perception, memory, cognition and communication.

Big Tobacco’s dirty tricks in opposing plain packaging

Dr Jenny Hatchard (Tobacco Control Research Group) writes for The Conversation

Fantastic forwards drive Bath to home victory over L'borough

The University of Bath continued their winning start to the new BUCS Super Rugby season by recording a well-earned 28-17 home victory over Loughborough University on Wednesday.

Improving prostate cancer diagnosis & prognosis

The University hosted the PROSENSE Conference on Prostate Cancer Diagnosis in September, as part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Professor Bill Durodie speaks at Huaihai Forum in Shanghai

Professor Bill Durodie (PoLIS) was in China last week to give a talk and moderate a session at the 4th Huaihai Forum held at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.

Civil Eng student wins prestigious industrial placement award

Congratulations Alexander Relf who has received a prestigious inaugural award from the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) for his performance during a placement year.

Could you be the next GB rowing success story?

The pioneering talent ID and development scheme that produced double Olympic rowing champions Helen Glover and Heather Stanning are staging trials on campus next Tuesday (25 October) 5-8pm.

£1.83m grant for greener, cheaper fuels and chemicals

University of Bath scientists have been awarded £1.83m of funding to work with Brazilian colleagues on new, more cost-effective ways to produce fuels and chemicals from plant matter.

Taking to the air in human powered aircraft

Undergraduate Lewis Rawlinson, leader of our Bath University Man Powered AirCraft (BUMPAC) team, writes about their exploits at this summer's British Human Powered Flying Club (BHPFC Sywell) competition.

How to make a mobile allotment: today

Professor James Turner gives inaugural lecture: Mon 24 Oct

Professor James Turner (Mechanical Engineering) will give his inaugural lecture titled 'Personal transportation in the low-carbon age – an unfashionable view from a pragmatist' on 24 October 2016.

Uni Gardening Club lecture on growing cut flowers: Thu 20 Oct

'Grow your own cut flowers' - lecture by Georgie Newbery, owner of Common Farm Flowers, Wincanton.

Who will shape the future of the data society?

A new initiative called the Public Data Lab is forming to convene researchers, institutions and civil society groups with an interest in the making of data infrastructures, as well as the development of capacities that are required for more people to not only take part in the data society, but also to more meaningfully participate in shaping its future.

Words of praise for STV facilities & staff

Dave McNulty, British Swimming's Head Coach, says: "It's thriving, it oozes performance & we couldn’t ask for anything better."

Don't be bewitched by Paris climate change deal, University audience told

Speaking at the University, Professor Scott Barrett, one of the world’s leading experts on international agreements to tackle climate change, has cautioned against the chances of success for the Paris deal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which comes into force in early November.

‘Smart specialisation’ & links with SMEs

IAAPS can be an ideal candidate for smart specialisation supported by clusters of SMEs

Developing affordable, comfortable prosthetics

Fun, stress, excitement, uncertainty: Oscar Rovira (Integrated Mechanical & Electrical Engineering student), writes about overcoming the problem of costly and uncomfortable prosthetics, particularly for mine victims in war-torn countries.

Whether Trump wins or not, America’s Brexit moment is coming

Ben Bowman, Teaching Fellow in Comparative Politics, writes for The Conversation.

ICHEM peacebuilding seminar featured in Times Higher

Times Higher Education have published an article about a seminar organised by International Centre for Higher Education Management (ICHEM) in which the president of a Colombian university set out the many ways that higher education can still contribute to peace-building in his country.

Film screening of My Architect at The Edge: Tue 18 Oct

Keith Bradley of award-winning architects Feilden Clegg Bradley joins the post-film discussion.

Captain "raring to go" as Bath kick-off BUCS Super Rugby campaign

Tonight's match against Northumbria University starts an exciting few weeks for the University team.

Solid state hydrogen storage for renewable energy systems: 18 Oct

I-SEE seminar on Tuesday 18 October 2016 presented by Professor Gavin Walker, Director Energy Technologies Research Institute, University of Nottingham

Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow joins the Milner Centre

Evolutionary biologist Dr Tiffany Taylor has joined the Milner Centre for Evolution as a Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow.

University hosts 2016 Business Dinner

In late September we hosted our annual Business Dinner at the Roman Baths as part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations; the event brings together academics with external partners to stimulate discussion around opportunities for future collaborations across themes aligned to the University’s research strengths.

Phil Salmon & Anita Zeidler begin sabbatical in USA

Glass experts Professor Phil Salmon and Research Fellow Anita Zeidler recently began their six-month sabbatical at Corning's Sullivan Park Research Center, USA.

Podcast: Understanding musculoskeletal health challenges

This podcast from Professor Richie Gill (Mechanical Engineering) describes some major challenges for global healthcare provision and give an overview of the research work being performed at the University of Bath to meet these challenges.

'Sex, genes & behaviour' meeting at Mexican partner uni

Academics from Biology & Biochemistry took part in the ‘Sex, Genes and Behaviour’ meeting held in the city of Cuernavaca, Mexico on 23-24 August.

Successful CSCT symposium on CO2 utilisation

The symposium was organised in collaboration with I-SEE to celebrate the award of an honorary degree to Professor Michele Aresta in light of his lifelong contributions to carbon dioxide (CO 2) chemistry.

Welfare and migration expert gives evidence in European Parliament

Dr Emma Carmel (SPS) gave expert evidence in the European Parliament this week on the obstacles of freedom of movement for EU citizens.

World-leading genomics project launches in West of England

The University of Bath is part of the newly launched West of England NHS Genomic Medicine Centre (WEGMC), one of 13 regional genomic medicine centres in England that have been set up to help the NHS gain a better understanding of the genetic causes of cancer and rare diseases.

Bath investigation lifts lid on big tobacco’s campaigning methods

New research by academics at the University of Bath reveals the scale of lobbying against the introduction of plain packaging of cigarettes by bodies with links to the tobacco industry, and shows how low levels of transparency led to ‘a misleading impression of diverse and widespread opposition’ to the ban on logos and brand imagery that came into force in May.

What's it like being an Apprentice Technician?

Read this blog post by Emma Walker, former Apprentice Technician in Mechanical Engineering, who has been nominated to receive the Building Services Construction & Engineering Work Place Learner of the Year Award recognising the hard work, application and excellence in both her academic studies and technical ability.

How to...combat climate change: Thu 13 Oct

Join Bath researchers for a fascinating evening of discussions & debate about a subject which affects us all

Brexit & the future of UK farming

Stuart Reynolds, Emeritus Professor of Biology, discusses the politics of agricultural subsidies

UK research & scholarship beyond Brexit: 11 Nov

A panel session organised by Academia Europaea Cardiff Knowledge Hub.

Innovative new research will help better our understanding of waves

An international research project led by the University of Bath is investigating the impact of waves on coastlines using novel laser measurement devices.

It's Global Climate Change Week 2016

Find out what's happening across campus and how you can get involved throughout this week

Polden to offer new campus accommodation

We are creating new high-quality accommodation for postgraduates & undergraduates on campus

PhD student presents 3D-imaging research on landmines

PhD researcher Carl Tholin-Chittenden (Electronics & Electrical Engineering) presented his latest developments from the Find A Better Way funded project at the University of Bath at the 8th World Congress on Industrial Process Tomography at Iguassu Falls, Brazil, last week.

Our perception of growing old needs some get up & go

Dr Cassie Phoenix (Health) writes for The Conversation.

Sánchez' resignation shakes Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party

Dr Paul Kennedy (PoLIS) assesses what lies next for the party, in an article for LSE

Imaging research symposium with Nat History Museum

As part of our 50th anniversary celebrations, our Engineering Tomography Lab (ETL) group hosted the fourth Tomography for Scientific Advancement symposium (ToScA), which was run in association with the Natural History Museum (NHM) and Royal Microscopic society (RMS).

Top tips for achieving impact

Find out more about achieving impact with a new top tips flyer.

Nick Pearce in The Conversation: Hard Brexit, tough times

ESRC award for Sierra Leonean Ebola response research

Dr Luisa Enria has joined the Centre for Development Studies at the University of Bath having won a prestigious ESRC Future Research Leaders fellowship.

New genes linked with bigger brains identified

Researchers from our Milner Centre for Evolution have identified a number of new links between families of genes and brain size, opening up a whole new avenue of research to better understand brain development and diseases like dementia.

Warming temperatures can reduce marine diversity but increase freshwater species

In contrast to previous research, scientists have found that habitat warming can reduce the diversity of species in marine environments, but increase speciation in freshwater habitats.

How England manager’s red card could net a win for future of football

Dr Darragh McGee (Health) writes for The Conversation.

New lay Council member

We are delighted to welcome John Preston, who is joining University Council this year

Podcast: Find out what happens inside the Cabinet Office

Listen to this recording of a public lecture on campus by Sir Anthony Seddon where he talks about "11 Cabinet Secretaries 1916-2016: the most powerful men in Britain".

Free bite-sized science at The Edge on Thur

Knowledge Cabaret: Watch our researchers share their knowledge in spectacular & entertaining ways

New lay Council member

We welcome Catherine Mealing-Jones, Director of Growth at the UK Space Agency, to Council this year

Professor Michele Aresta - hon degree & lecture: Wed 5 Oct

We will be awarding an Honorary Degree to Professor Michele Aresta, after which he will deliver the annual David Parkin lecture. All invited.

How to...Get the most out of cycling

Tue 4 Oct: An evening for anyone interested in cycling from curious beginners to lycra-clad road bikers

Jamie Eastman introduces Edge Arts autumn programme

Jamie Eastman, Director of Arts at the University, talks about his first six months in post and gives a glimpse of what is in store at The Edge during our 50th Anniversary year.

Is Patagonia’s business model is a paragon of virtue?

Avi Shankar, Professor of Consumer Research, (School of Management) has co-written an article for The Conversation.

Check out our free Public Lectures for the autumn

These lectures are open to members of the public, staff and students. All are free unless otherwise stated.

Four men who will shape the way the EU negotiates Brexit

Dr Susan Milner (PoLIS) has co-authored an article in The Conversation.

Musculoskeletal health challenges with Richie Gill: Wed 5 Oct

As part of the Minerva series, this free lecture by Professor Richie Gill (Mech Eng) will describe some major challenges for global healthcare provision and give an overview of the research work being performed at the University of Bath to meet these challenges.

University scientists receive prestigious fellowships

Two scientists from the University of Bath have been awarded prestigious University Research Fellowships by The Royal Society.

Why Labour civil war will run & run despite unity pledge

Professor Charlie Lees writes for The Conversation

Listen to Gardeners' Question Time from The Edge

GQT was hosted on campus recently; tune in to Radio 4 at 3pm today (Friday 30 September) or on Sunday at 2pm to hear the programme

Whatever happened to the soft left?

Professor Nick Pearce, Director of the Institute for Policy Research, explores Labour's soft-left tradition

Visualising quantum behaviour of hot electrons for first time

Scientists from the Department of Physics have identified a method to visualise, over a millionth of a billionth of a second, the initial quantum behaviour of electrons on a surface.

After Berlin election, what does right-wing AfD's success mean?

Professor Charlie Lees comments on recent political developments in Berlin in the run-up to what promises to be a momentous election year in Europe’s most populous and powerful nation.

Students get ready to attend One Young World Conference 2016

Emma Powell, a third-year BA (Hons) Education with Psychology student, and Mohammad Lone, a second-year BSc (Hons) Economics student, will travel to Canada at the end of September to meet with other young leaders from across the world to discuss issues of global importance.

Outdoor air pollution exceeds WHO limits for 90% of UK population

A model developed by an international team of scientists led by Dr Gavin Shaddick (Mathematical Sciences) estimates that more than 92% of the world's population live in areas with outdoor pollution levels that exceed the WHO recommended limits.

Good University Guide: We're in top 10 for graduate prospects

The University of Bath has been ranked seventh nationally for graduate prospects and best in the South West, according to the latest The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.

Working out how much exercise to do takes more than gadgets

Professor Dylan Thompson (Health) writes for The Conversation.

Evidence & the Politics of Policymaking: where next?

On 14 & 15 September, a joint Institute for Policy Research (IPR) and Centre for Development Studies (CDS) symposium brought together academics, policymakers and NGO leaders to discuss the crucial role of evidence in policymaking, and to examine critically the process by which data is formalised as evidence that can support effective governance.

IPR blog: Bereavement from drug & alcohol-related deaths

Dr Christine Valentine, Research Associate in the Centre for Death and Society (CDAS), has contributed a blog post titled: 'Drug and alcohol-related deaths: What of those left behind?'